This is a first attempt at submitting original artwork. Of Haitian American descent, Donna Denizé holds degrees from Stonehill College and Howard University, where she was a student of poet Robert Hayden, while he served as Consultant to the Library of Congress. She has also contributed to scholarly books and journals, including Shakespeare Set Free, published by the Folger Shakespeare Library, English Journal, and Teacher’s Digest, an educational magazine from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She was also one of eight invited teacher’s for The Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s eight part mini-series, In Search of the Novel (aired nationwide).

She is a teacher in the Education Department of The Folger Shakespeare Library, where she has conducted numerous workshops for students and teachers about the sonnet tradition and sonnets of Claude McKay; her article “The Sonnet Tradition and Claude McKay” was published in English Journal 2009 (Vol. 99, No. 1) to honor the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

She is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Lover’s Voice (1997) and a book of poems, Broken Like Job (2005). Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as Full Moon on K Street, Hungry As We Are; WPFW Poetry Anthology; Weavings 2000, and magazines, Provincetown Arts, Gargoyle, World Order, Innisfree Journal of Poetry, Orison, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Volume 12, Number 2, Spring 2011, and The Journal of Baha’i Studies, Volume 25, Number 3, Fall 2015; Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 18:4 October, 2017.

In 1994, she was a Presidential Scholar Teacher; in 2003, she was awarded by Williams College the George Olmsted Jr., Prize for excellence in secondary teaching, and in 2004, she was appointed to the board of trustees of The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) in Staunton, Virginia. In 2015, she was invited to lead a workshop on teaching “Othello” for fellow teachers at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and in 2015, she was acknowledged by Stanford University as a teacher who played significant role in the intellectual, academic, social and personal development of students. Currently, she Chairs the English Department at St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, D.C., where she teaches Shakespeare, American literature, and freshman English.